Washing machine care

The life of a mod­ern fam­i­ly is hard to imag­ine with­out such an assis­tant as an auto­mat­ic wash­ing machine. Despite the pres­ence of a “wash­er” in almost every home, not every­one knows how to care for it. But only prop­er care of the wash­ing machine can ensure its long and high-qual­i­ty ser­vice. And, on the con­trary, if you do not take care of the wash­ing machine, do not prop­er­ly care for it, it will break down very quick­ly.

What is car maintenance

All of the fol­low­ing rec­om­men­da­tions apply by and large to auto­mat­ic wash­ing machines. Some of them can be used for oth­er wash­ing machines, but they, in all like­li­hood, will soon become a rar­i­ty, so it is bet­ter to focus on the first ones, because the future is still with them.

  • The main thing in the care of any house­hold appli­ance is to ensure clean­li­ness, and for this it must be washed fre­quent­ly. This is required by both safe­ty con­di­tions and basic hygiene, which is sim­ply nec­es­sary in the house. Var­i­ous microor­gan­isms, includ­ing pathogens, accu­mu­late in dust and dirt, which can cause var­i­ous ail­ments for those liv­ing in this room. Reg­u­lar cit­ric acid can help here. It will clean the device and remove excess odors.
  • The sur­face of the device must be free: do not place any objects, pow­ders, uten­sils on it. The top pan­el should be dry and clean.
  • It is impor­tant to con­trol the drain pipeline from pos­si­ble leaks. For this pur­pose, you can install mul­ti-lev­el pro­tec­tion.

See also - How to clean the wash­ing machine with vine­gar from scale and unpleas­ant smell?

what is care

Proper installation and connection of the washing machine

Car­ing for your wash­ing machine begins with installing it cor­rect­ly. It should be tak­en into account that it should stand per­fect­ly even, there­fore, to com­plete this item, it is advis­able to take a lev­el for con­struc­tion work. Tilts can be elim­i­nat­ed with the help of legs, the height of which is easy to adjust. For this pur­pose, you just need to lift the edge of your wash­ing machine and scroll the leg to the desired length.

It is nec­es­sary to check that the wires, the drain and inlet hose are not bent, not pinched by var­i­ous objects or by the machine itself. If the wires are bent, then their insu­la­tion may be bro­ken, it may even break. As for the hoses, the vio­la­tion of their paten­cy cre­ates obsta­cles for the nor­mal fill­ing and drain­ing of water.

correct installation

How to take care of the parts inside the car

  • Car­ing for the machine should be done both out­side and inside. All depart­ments and com­part­ments of the machine need our care. It is impor­tant to keep the dis­penser clean. It is a plas­tic tray in which pow­der and oth­er laun­dry deter­gents are poured. Get­ting it is very easy. It is imper­a­tive to mon­i­tor the clean­li­ness of the dis­penser, oth­er­wise the drain holes may become clogged with the rem­nants of the pow­der, which sub­se­quent­ly turns into stone plaque.
  • After wash­ing, the hatch is slight­ly opened and not closed for some time so that all the mois­ture evap­o­rates. If this is not done, then an unpleas­ant smell will appear inside the wash­ing machine.
  • Before putting things in the drum, you need to check all pock­ets for for­eign objects, such as keys and rings and oth­er small things that can harm the wash­ing machine. All linen that has met­al fit­tings, such as riv­ets, but­tons and zip­pers, must be turned inside out before wash­ing or use a spe­cial bag.
  • Car­ing for a wash­ing machine includes wash­ing all of its com­po­nents. This also applies to the cuff — a rub­ber lay­er, which is locat­ed near the drum and hatch. To process it, use a warm solu­tion of soap; it is not allowed to wash the cuff with deter­gents.
  • Do not load more than the max­i­mum allow­able weight into the device. The instruc­tions should indi­cate the weight allowed for wash­ing. It is worth con­sid­er­ing that the cal­cu­la­tion is not based on dry weight, most often, the allow­able amount of wet laun­dry is indi­cat­ed!
  • To pre­vent the appear­ance of mold, as well as unpleas­ant odors, you need to reg­u­lar­ly clean the drain fil­ter. It is locat­ed at the bot­tom of the wash­ing machine. It can col­lect var­i­ous objects, but­tons, hair, coins. If this com­part­ment is not cleaned, things may devel­op a musty smell. If you take care of this part of the machine in a time­ly man­ner, then there will be no such prob­lem.

How to check water quality

The qual­i­ty of the water affects the oper­a­tion of the wash­ing machine. Hard water caus­es scale build-up, which can dam­age the heat­ing ele­ment. It is for this rea­son that the wash­ing machine may break down. Water hard­ness can and should be dealt with. How to deter­mine the hard­ness of water? Most Russ­ian cit­i­zens do not need to do this, since the water from our water sup­ply sys­tems is far from the stan­dard of qual­i­ty. If you still have doubts, then you can deter­mine the hard­ness using spe­cial test strips, which can be pur­chased at a house­hold chem­i­cals store.

Dealing with water hardness

On all chan­nels, adver­tise­ments are being played about var­i­ous addi­tives that soft­en water. You can choose the brand of your choice. Most of these funds are very expen­sive. But you can use more eco­nom­i­cal options.

Among such com­plete­ly harm­less and cheap reme­dies, cit­ric acid can be called. It will help to get rid of scale in the machine. To do this, take it about two hun­dred grams. Cit­ric acid must be poured into the depart­ment intend­ed for the pow­der. Then set the high­est pos­si­ble tem­per­a­ture (most often it is 80–90 degrees).

fight hard water

Before clean­ing the wash­ing machine with cit­ric acid, you should check if there are things in the device. Cit­ric acid can ruin things. At the end of wash­ing with cit­ric acid, wipe the drum and all the folds of the cuff with a soft cloth. Scale par­ti­cles are often found inside the appli­ance. They are care­ful­ly removed. The wash­ing machine will be grate­ful for such a “lemon” clean­ing.

To make the water soft­er, you can use dif­fer­ent soft­en­ing fil­ters. High qual­i­ty fil­ters are expen­sive, but they can puri­fy water for the entire home.

Helpful Hints

You can extend the life of your wash­ing machine by fol­low­ing these tips:

  • use only spe­cial wash­ing pow­der “auto­mat­ic”.
  • you should not keep dirty things in the wash­ing machine, you need to put it only before wash­ing, oth­er­wise an unpleas­ant smell will appear in the device;
  • Wash col­ored and white items sep­a­rate­ly.
  • if you need to leave for a long time, all appli­ances must be dis­con­nect­ed from the mains. The water also needs to be turned off.

On aver­age, an auto­mat­ic machine lasts from sev­en to ten years. The most com­mon rea­son for its fail­ure is the lack of prop­er care. Prop­er care of the wash­ing machine, reg­u­lar clean­ing with at least cit­ric acid, com­pli­ance with all nec­es­sary oper­at­ing con­di­tions, then its life can be dou­bled.